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Range Rover Sport P400e hybrid announced

Land Rover has unveiled its updated Range Rover Sport that includes a plug-in hybrid model aimed at fleet users capable of 101mpg and 64g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

Company car fleets can order now and it will cost from £70,800 when it goes on sale in early 2018.

The P400e hybrid uses a 300hp version of the firm’s Ingenium 2.0-litre petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor to give a combined power output of 404hp.

It’s announced at the same time that Jaguar Land Rover has stated all of its models will be available with the option of electrification from 2020.

Performance from the petrol-electric set-up sees the P400e from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 137mph. It will also be capable of driving up to 31 miles on battery power alone.

Included with this Sport are two driving modes. The first is the Parallel Hybrid setting that is the default choice on starting the car. It comes with a SAVE function where the driver can opt to preserve battery power to use later in the journey, for instance when driving in town. It also has a Predictive Energy Optimisation function that uses GPS data from the sat-nav to mix electric and petrol power for the best consumption. The second driving mode is the full EV one that lets the driver select battery-only driving for zero emissions.

With this powertrain, the Range Rover Sport P400 will qualify for free entry to most congestion charge zones. The only penalty for choosing this model is the boot space is reduced to 703-litres from the standard car’s 780-litres as the battery is positioned under the luggage compartment floor. The charging cable is accessed behind a panel on the front grille. A standard charge will take 7 hours 30 mins, but full charge can be achieved in 2 hours 45 mins with a special home wall box.

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Range Rover Sport PHEV Powertrain

Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: ‘The introduction of our advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain is a watershed moment in the history of the performance SUV.’

Other updates for the Range Rover Sport line-up include a new SVR model with 575hp that takes only 4.3 seconds to deal with 0-62mph. All versions of the updated Sport come with Matrix Pixel LED headlights, different front grille and bumper.

Inside the car is a new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system called Blade. It uses a pair of 10-inch colour touchscreens to reduce the number of buttons on the dash. Land Rover claims its more intuitive and provides better functionality. Other new features available are the Activity Key for keyless entry and Advanced Tow Assist.